Tag Archives: New York

Worker-Owners Cheer Creation of $1.2 Million Co-op Development Fund in NYC

Worker-Owners Cheer Creation of $1.2 Million Co-op Development Fund in NYC
In a victory for new economy advocates, the New York City Council passed a budget last week that will create a $1.2 million fund for the growth of worker-owned cooperative businesses. The investment is the largest a municipal government in the U.S. has ever made in the sector, breaking new ground for the cooperative development movement. Melissa Hoover, executive director of the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives and the Democracy at ... Read more

Leveling the Playing Field for Worker Cooperatives

Leveling the Playing Field for Worker Cooperatives
A quiet revolution is rumbling through New York's municipal offices as they retool to support the creation of worker cooperatives as a way to fight poverty. Spurred by the powerful example of immigrant-owned cleaning cooperatives and the longstanding example of Cooperative Home Care Associates in the Bronx - the largest worker cooperative in the country - progressive city council members are allying with a new network of worker cooperatives, ... Read more

How NYC is Partnering with Coops to Support Democratic Businesses

How NYC is Partnering with Coops to Support Democratic Businesses
In some municipalities, including New York City, local governments are partnering with worker cooperatives to fulfill government contracts. This means that government dollars, rather than going to top-heavy businesses that sacrifice employee well-being and fair compensation in pursuit of larger profit margins, are going to businesses that prioritize long-term employment, fair wages, and democratic workplaces. Read more

Care Before Profit: Organizing for Community-Led Healthcare

Care Before Profit: Organizing for Community-Led Healthcare
The question when it comes to Interfaith, according to NYSNA organizer Eliza Carboni, is, “How do we get decisions about our healthcare needs out of bankruptcy court and into the hands of the community?” The hospital, which has been in bankruptcy court since 2012, has nearly closed several times—most recently this winter—before the state agreed to release some $25 million in funds to keep it open through March as bankruptcy proceedings ... Read more

A Call to Develop a Worker Cooperative Sector in New York City

A Call to Develop a Worker Cooperative Sector in New York City
Worker cooperatives are democratic, worker-owned, worker-managed businesses. Worker co-ops have the potential to address many of the immoral and inefficient shortcomings of capitalist workplaces. In worker cooperatives, democratic worker-owners own and manage their own enterprises so they are highly motivated to create successful businesses in which the work is fulfilling, sustainable and meets the economic needs of both the worker-owners ... Read more